Confirming an unusual screenshot which circulated earlier this week, YouTube has officially announced its intentions to mark content from certain news agencies as "funded in whole or in part" by whatever state happens to be their patron. In short, the platform is calling out propaganda.
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The ominous cloud of doom surrounding the ongoing US investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US federal elections got a little darker on Wednesday, with Russian state communications agency Roskomnadzor allegedly threatening retaliation against Google for suggesting it could lower government-funded outlets RT and Sputnik in search rankings.
The Moscow Times has a fascinating look at the Russian media outlet RT, formerly known as Russia Today. The Kremlin-funded operation is highly secretive, thanks to non-disclosure agreements that employees are forced to sign, but the Moscow Times was able to get a peek at how the RT sausage gets made.
In a surprise move, RT (formerly known as Russia Today) was temporarily banned from posting articles, photos and videos to Facebook. The ban was instituted yesterday after RT allegedly ran a pirated stream of Obama's last press conference. The ban was scheduled to be lifted at 6:35AM AEDT on Sunday, the day after Trump's inauguration. Facebook lifted the ban at around 6:35AM this morning, after around 20 hours.